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Public Post: How to Have Healthy Feet


This is a really important subject because I have two. I have a right and a left. No, I’m kidding, but when you look at it, because, healthy feet, the number one fear of people as we age is, loss of mobility, loss of function. And if you know that feet are not only vital, but if they work and they’re cushions, your body’s gliding through. If they don’t work, you’re going to talk unstable pelvis, difficult menstrual cycles, gall and bladder problems. This is all from the feet. I like Da Vinci, when he said, “It’s a masterpiece of engineering.” And he’s right, it truly is.


Now, it’s complicated. What’s stronger? A foot or a block of concrete? You were right when you say a foot, yeah, because in martial arts, you can actually kick something and you can break concrete, you can break a board, you can break anything. And you got this beautiful, delicate design. We’re talking over 26 bones, 100 ligaments and muscles and it’s so flexible that you can actually stand on the toes, that strong, you can break a board, but the design is just phenomenal.


What’s more important though is how it’s connected. And this is more important than you can possibly imagine. When we look at this, the foot has four arches. Two run length wise, two run cross ways. So it’s a coiled spring and it does that, it is a coiled spring. On the bottom of this foot, that runs from the top of the toes or the ball of the foot, back to the heel, there’s a really tough – it looks almost like leather, like kind of a belt almost, but very, very thin. It’s so strong that you can actually grab it and pick up an entire cadaver with it. I taught human dissection for eight years, so don’t throw up yet. It’s hugely strong and it’s on the bottom of the foot and we call that the plantar surface. And it’s fascia, so it’s the plantar fascia. Now, if that inflames, it’s plantar fasciitis. So, we could just say the bottom of the foot’s enflamed, but when you look at it it’s really important that you understand that it’s like a safety mechanism, so it stops the foot from flattening out. 

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